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Betrayed by Rita Hayworth.

Betrayed by Rita Hayworth First novel by Puig, Manuel, published as La traicion de Rita Hayworth in 1968. This semiautobiographical novel is largely plotless. It examines the psychosocial influence of motion pictures on an ordinary town in the Pampas of Argentina.

The book focuses primarily on the first 15 years in the life of Toto Casals, from 1933 to 1948. He becomes obsessed with the films that he regularly attends with his mother. Like others in the community, Toto escapes into the artificial world of popular culture, accepting and absorbing its social norms. He is, however, troubled about sexuality, particularly his own latent homosexuality.

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Publication:Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature
Date:Jan 1, 1995
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